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Avoid patent co-ownership pitfalls

US01-04-2011Paul J. Sutton

It is not unusual during the invention and development of newer technologies to require contributions from people skilled in many disciplines, as scientists and engineers seek to solve and overcome technological problems.

A victory for pharmaceuticals

Brazil01-02-2011Otto Licks and Marcela Trigo de Souza

After a judicial battle of almost a decade, the pharmaceutical industry has regained the right to market vaccines with trademarks in Brazil.

I am a trademark, hear me roar! - an appeal for sound marks in Canada

Canada01-02-2011Chantal Bertoša and Andrea Pasztor

If a sound is able to serve the function of a trademark, why shouldn’t the owner of the sound mark be permitted to register it?

Cross-straits IP agreement

China, Taiwan01-02-2011Stephen Yang

Mainland China and Taiwan signed an agreement on June 29, 2010, on cross-straits intellectual property protection.

Tread cautiously: petitions for review

EPO01-02-2011Marianne Holme

Since EPC 2000 entered into force, any party to an appeal proceeding that has been adversely affected by a decision of the European Board of Appeal can, pursuant to new Article 112a EPC, file a petition for review of the decision by the EBOA.

Abstracts and the Internet

Germany01-02-2011Jens Künzel

It is a fact of life that sometimes one does not have as much time as one would like to do all kinds of things.

Making sure infringers can pay damages

Hungary01-02-2011Imre Molnár

The Metropolitan Court in Budapest has ordered a security measure for the first time in a patent infringement proceeding, in order to secure the plaintiff’s pecuniary interests for the duration of the lawsuit.

Descriptive trademarks: easy to market, tough to protect

Israel01-02-2011Samta Mehra and Anika Narula

A ‘descriptive trademark’ is one that identifies a characteristic, quality, purpose or some other aspect of a product or service.

Developments at the patent office

Israel01-02-2011Michael Factor

After initial classification of an application, the Israel Patent Office examines applications in each category in turn to assign them to a particular technology group.

Employee inventions and 'reasonable value'

Japan01-02-2011Ryo Maruyama

A court decision concerning the “reasonable value” received by an employee as compensation for employee inventions is again in the spotlight in Japan.

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